Time Management: 13 Habits that Make My Life Run More Productively

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #114 One of the most popular requests from readers for topics to discuss here on TSLL blog and the podcast is time management, especially my approach to time management.  And while I do not profess to have figured it out, as I am regularly tweaking it and the onset of unnecessary […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

15 Habits for Timeless Style

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #69 Seeing effortless style in-person can be quite powerful, and part of the impactful punch is how the person carries themselves in the clothes they wear. In mere minutes it is evident if the clothes are wearing the person or visa versa. Having the opportunity to have worked and currently work […]

17 Habits to Become More Charismatic

“A knife can be used both to heal and to hurt. Whether in the hands of a surgeon or the hands of a criminal it’s the same instrument. Tools are seldom good or bad per se. It’s what you do with your charisma that matters.” -Olivia Fox Cabane, The Charisma Myth The Simple Sophisticate, episode […]

4 Healthy Habits for Continual Self-Growth

~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #17 One of the popular maxims when it comes to life advice is that lessons repeat themselves until they are learned. And while I’ve heard this before, I always felt there was a negative tone to the reappearance of a life lesson that we had experienced before. As if to […]

11 Tips to Cultivate Good Habits

 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle With all of the bits and pieces of information we have to remember on a daily basis, relying on habits that require our minds to “just go with it” is a relief – that is of course if the […]

Financial Food For Thought – 5 Good Habits

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

Mindful Eating = A Life of Pleasure without Punishment

~Panko encrusted King Salmon with French lentils, paired with a French viognier, find the recipe for both here~ As talked about at the beginning of the year, the focus of 2017 is how to welcome more quality into our everyday lives, thereby eliminating or reducing the habits that do not serve us well. The past […]

This & That: March 31, 2017

Books —300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso If you’re looking for inspiration about life, released in February, essayist Sarah Manguso shares her 300 aphorisms on the topics of desire, ambition, relationships, and failure. Take a peek at the samplings here. After reading them, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle, perhaps you’ll lift an eyebrow and perhaps you’ll want […]

Why Not . . . Celebrate a New Year with Spring’s Arrival?

“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” -Virgil When spring arrives, it is custom to not only celebrate the arrival of the new season but the commencement of the Iranian or Persian new year known as Nowruz. […]

This & That: March 17, 2017

Book —The Idiot by Elif Batuman Elif Batuman’s new novel The Idiot is receiving ubiquitous praise from critics for offering the journey of a young woman beginning into adulthood. Set in 1995, Selin arrives at Harvard, the daughter of Turkish immigrant parents and as she enters her first summer after college, she goes abroad to […]

Why Not . . . Let Go?: 27 Things to Bid Adieu

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”– Raymond Lindquist I can remember quite vividly the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. I was four or five years old, and we were bicycling in our neighbors long drive-way. I don’t remember how long I rode with training wheels, but the […]

Why Not . . . Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Year?

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery Let me begin by saying, I am not someone who completely dismisses Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate […]

Emotional Intelligence: A Crucial Tool for Enhanced Quality in Work and Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #140 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Life circumstances have little to do with happiness because much happiness is under your control — the product of your habits and your outlook on life. Happiness is synthetic — you either create it, or you don’t.” —Life Altering Awareness The uncertainties in life are vast. […]

Why Not . . . Create a To Be List?

“Your ultimate goal in life is to become your best self. Your immediate goal is to get on the path that will lead you there.” —David Viscott, M.D. A To-Do list is something most of us are familiar with. We have them, we love checking items off of them, and I even sell them. And […]

An Everyday Necessity: Deliberate Rest

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #139 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “When we take the right to rest, when we make rest fulfilling, and when we practice rest through our days and years, we also make our lives richer and more fulfilling.” —Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done when You Work Less […]

This & That: January 20, 2017

Books —Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind by Tara Cottrell & Dan Zigmond Last week I was tuning into the latest episode of The Splendid Table and discovered that the co-author of Buddha’s Diet was a guest. One of the major premises of the book is to give yourself […]

Money: How to Know If You Have Enough

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #138 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Enough is the quality of having everything you need and want but nothing in excess, nothing that burdens you.” —Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life While numerically, there isn’t a magic number equated to having enough money due to a myriad of variables, […]

Why Not . . . Give Your Life an Annual Appraisal?

“The first months of the year are the perfect time to take stock of one’s life. I usually begin by making a short trip around the house to see what needs doing and make appointments, filling the calendar for the year.” —Mrs. Minerva from The English Home A much anticipated and habitually celebrated arrival in […]

This & That: January 6, 2017

Book —Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin I know, I know. Why share a three year old book? But hear me out. Drawn to a successful philosophy modeled by successful Berkshire-Hathaway Chairman Charles Munger that was simple and full of clarity, Peter Bevelin seeks out wisdom from those who have been there. […]

Top 5 ‘Letters from the Editor’ from the Weekly Newsletter

Each of our lives is full in its own way. Each of our lives has, if we have been consciously paying attention to what we need, what we wish to achieve and what type of relationships we hope to cultivate, has been designing a life that works and works well. Sometimes we will have to […]

TSLL’s 7th Anniversary!

A seventh anniversary is traditionally commemorated with the gift of copper or wool; a fact, I will admit, I did not know until I sat down to write this post. But fittingly, the seventh anniversary of TSLL blog arrives with much warmth in my heart for all that conversations with readers and growth that has […]

Top 5 Episodes of The Simple Sophisticate podcast in 2016

It is that time of year when the opportunity arrives to reflect and be reminded of what listeners enjoyed the most during the previous 51 weeks of The Simple Sophisticate. For the past 28 months, the podcast has produced a new episode at least every Monday, excluding the last week of each year for our annual […]

10 Life Lessons 2016 Taught Me

“It is within the boundaries of reflection we are able to become aware of insights that can lead us to understanding.”  ― Kat Lahr ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #135 On the first of January with each new year, twelve months stretch before us full of potential to progress and evolve and to observe the magic that […]